For as long as I can remember, I always enjoyed drawing and painting. And although I always didn't know what I was doing (and still don't), I know I enjoyed the process and never felt like it was "work." Even on the pieces that didn't always turn out the way I originally envisioned, I always gleaned something from either the process or final product. I'm fortunate to be working as a graphic artist where I can indulge that creative side and having previous jobs, such as a cleaner for the New York City Board of Education, made me appreciate just how fortunate I am to be paid for doing what has always come naturally. The tools may have changed (Compugraphic to Macintosh), but the end result is almost always satisfying. In that sense, being an artist and taking part in that process is like being in an ever-opening flower, as long you don't take yourself or what you're doing so seriously. I'm not curing cancer, I'm not making the world safer, and I hold no illusions about my importance in the Universe. Conversely, I immensely enjoy what I do and I hope to not only draw inspiration from other people here but perhaps give someone else a new way of looking at things. I love to learn from people better than me.
I recently set up a YouTube channel of a slideshow of my work set with classical music from some of my favorite composers. Please check it out and leave some comments.